Friday, December 26, 2014

Blamed for her sister’s rage

Dear Annie: My 50-something sister, “Denise,” has turned into a hostile, critical person. I visit my family four times a year and have witnessed her angry outbursts firsthand. My other siblings have become very proficient at pacifying Denise by always agreeing with her and being solicitous toward her. Denise is not a bad person, so […]

How much for the calling birds?

Dear Readers: Merry Christmas. We hope you are fortunate enough to be with family and friends today. Those who can volunteer their time in nursing homes, hospitals or soup kitchens, please do so. For the past few years, we have printed the annual PNC Christmas Price Index, which we find interesting and amusing. Enjoy: ”The […]

He isn’t ready to listen yet

Dear Annie: I am a concerned uncle at an impasse. I have a young adult nephew who seems perfectly content not to go anywhere in life. “Peter” wasn’t the smartest kid in school, but he managed to graduate. He now moves from job to job, never keeping one for more than six months. He seems […]

They’re not a bank

  Dear Annie: Two years ago, my sister called crying that they were going to lose their house. She didn’t realize her husband hadn’t been making the mortgage payments. She said she wouldn’t have taken all those vacations or eaten out in fancy restaurants if she had known they couldn’t afford it. Of course I […]

Argument splits up family

Dear Annie: A few years ago, there was an argument in my husband’s family. Since then, my mother-in-law has stopped having holiday dinners. She invites only one daughter and her family. This hurts my husband, but he will not say anything to his mother. We feel she should invite everyone as usual, and those who […]

Too late to pick a fight

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law married “Rose,” a divorcée, a year ago, although they had been living together for several. This was a second marriage for both of them, and they each have adult children. Rose died three months ago from a quickly spreading cancer. She was only 67. Here’s the problem: Rose’s three adult sons […]

He needs them to pay up

Dear Annie: I have tenants who are behind in their rent. I’ve let it slide because I’ve been preoccupied with some personal problems. But my problems have been resolved, and now I’d like the back rent. Under the terms of the lease, I could evict right away, and I am tempted. But I worry that […]

Disagreement on mother’s care

Dear Annie: My mother is 95 years old and in OK shape. She has been diagnosed with dementia, and her physician recommended a full-time caregiver because Mom is confused most of the time. She still lives in her home, refusing to leave, and my two siblings and I take care of her the best we […]

This ought to teach her love

Dear Annie: I have two teenage children from a previous marriage. For the past 12 years, they have lived with their mother 90 miles away, and I have visitation every other weekend and alternate holidays, etc. I have always exercised visitation faithfully and have a good relationship with both of them. This year, my daughter […]

Stuck in the middle with them

Dear Annie: My 18-year-old cousin, “Rick,” has been seeing a friend of mine for some time. Now I am in an awkward position. My friend “Joanie” told Rick she liked him, but he told her he didn’t feel the same way about her. They were together for a short time, but even then, Rick was […]

Mom’s lost interest in dance

Dear Annie: I am a 14-year-old boy. I’m on the swim team, and I take tap dancing lessons. But when I told my mom that I’d like to continue with both, she told me tap was a waste of time and that I would never go anywhere with it. Only when one of my dance […]

Dad’s attitude is getting worse

Dear Annie: My father is in his late 70s and lives next door to my husband and me. Dad is a capable adult and maintains his household. I love him and am happy that he can take care of himself. Lately, however, I have noticed that Dad is becoming short tempered and frustrated when he […]